Janet Bogardus is a San Francisco Bay Area painter and mixed-media artist. Since 1989, she has exhibited her work in California and New York.
Born in Montreal, she spent her early life in many different countries, including Czechoslovakia, Algeria, Canada, Germany, Viet Nam and France. Living in a variety of environments and cultures has attuned her to the ways landscape and history intertwine, a focus which can be seen in all her work.
She completed a PhD in English Literature in 1974 at Rutgers University. In 1990, she received an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration on printmaking and artist books. While in the program, she was awarded a Stilwell Fellowship for creative achievement. She received an Anne Flanagan/Kala Institute of Art Fellowship, and in 1993 was nominated for the San Francisco Art Institute Adeline Kent Award.
She has taught painting, drawing, mixed media, writing, and modern art history through Columbia College and Chapman University. Through California Arts Council grants, she taught art at various San Francisco community centers. Currently she teaches drawing and mixed-media classes at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.
Her work has been shown at the Alternative Museum in New York City, and at such California venues as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Benicia Center for the Arts, Manna Gallery, Kala Arts Institute, the Marin Foundation, the Sandra Lee Gallery, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Pro Arts Gallery, the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
Her paintings, artist books, and commissioned works are included in a large number of private collections in California, Mexico, and Boston.
She loves the Arte Povera movement, the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, Philip Guston, Mark Bradford, and Anselm Kiefer, and the multi-media work of William Kentridge.
Her work can be viewed by appointment at her studio in Novato or at: www.janetbogardus.net